An Exclusive Weekend of Great Food and Guided Gravel Rides for Teams of Four

Explore the Isle of Wight Off-Road...

18 to 20th September 2020

The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight


There are two things the Isle of Wight does very well - off-road bike riding, and garlic...


Join us for an unforgettable all inclusive* weekend of riding, relaxing, and fantastic food.


Groups of four will be welcomed to a cosy Yurt at the Garlic Farm. Fuelled by fully catered (garlicky as you wish) meals; we head out on two days of fully guided and supported rides on the trails and country lanes of the Isle of Wight.


Accommodation, mouth-watering restaurant meals, luggage transfers and support from local experts is all provided within the package.


Gravel n Garlic... Let's Ride!


Friday 18th September


  • 17:00 Riders meet at Ryde Pier Head and 10-mile guided ride back to The Garlic Farm (luggage transfer included)
  • 18:00 Riders check into The Garlic Farm accommodation
  • 19:00 Welcome drinks and meal at The Garlic Farm Restaurant (welcome drink, non-alcoholic drink and two course meal included)



Saturday 19th September


  • 08:00 Breakfast at The Garlic Farm Restaurant (filter coffee and tea included)
  • 09:00 Two groups depart (two riding intensities) on 3.5 hour guided ride
  • 12:30 Lunch at West Wight restaurant/café (one non-alcoholic drink and meal included)
  • 14:00 Depart lunch stop (two groups) on 3 hour guided ride
  • 17:00 Arrive back at The Garlic Farm
  • 19:30 BBQ at The Garlic Farm (non-alcoholic drink and two course meal included)



Sunday 20th September


  • 08:00 Breakfast at The Garlic Farm Restaurant (filter coffee and tea included)
  • 09:00 Two groups depart (two riding intensities) on 4 hour guided ride
  • 13:00 Arrive back at The Garlic Farm (showers available)
  • 13:30 Lunch buffet (included)
  • 14:45 Baggage transfer / guided group leaves for Ryde Pier Head (luggage transfer included)


Price per person: £300


Please email accommodation@thegarlicfarm.co.uk to make a booking or you can call us on 01983 898477.


Check out coverage for this event with cyclist.co.uk



FAQ



What's included?


Accommodation in luxury yurts at The Garlic Farm. Price per person is based on each yurt being shared by four people. Each yurt has one double bed downstairs and three full size single mattresses on a mezzanine. Each has an en-suite bathroom with walk in shower and flushing toilet, log burning stove and fully equipped kitchen.

Photos of the yurts

Food: dinner on Friday evening in The Garlic Farm Restaurant including main course and dessert and a welcome drink (menu choices can be made beforehand and dietary requirements can be catered for). Alcoholic and further soft drinks can be purchased from the bar.

Breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning in The Garlic Farm Restaurant. Choose from tea or filter coffee then any item from the restaurant's full breakfast menu which can be found here:

The Garlic Farm Restaurant Breakfast Menu

Lunch on Saturday at a popular Isle of Wight venue

Dinner on Saturday evening in The Garlic Farm Restaurant or barbecue by the yurts if the weather is fine. Main meal, dessert and soft drinks included. Alcoholic drinks can be purchased from the bar.

Buffet lunch on Sunday.

Guided Rides: There will be two ride groups on each ride, both with a dedicated ride leader who will also supply mechanical support on the trail. The two groups will be 'In Search of Up' and 'Wight Lite' the first will be a faster group taking on more challenging rides with additional climbing, the second will be a more casual ride group that will use flatter and shorter routes to provide an easier option. Riders can self-select which group they ride in, and can change groups between the morning and afternoon rides on Saturday.



Where can I store my bike at the farm?


There is a locked barn where bikes will be stored at night.


How do I get to the Isle of Wight?


We can book a Wightlink ferry passenger ticket for you from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head. This is an extra £15 per person. We will meet you at Ryde Pier head, and your bags will be collected before we ride the 10 miles to the farm. Riders should aim to catch the 16:40 Wightlink Fast Cat from Portsmouth Harbour, which arrives at Ryde Pier Head at 17:05. Our team will meet you there.

If you prefer to arrange your own transport to the Isle of Wight, we can meet you at the farm on Friday evening.



How long/tough are the rides?


There will be two riding groups on every ride throughout the weekend: "In Search of Up" and "Wight Lite".

Routes will be sent as GPX files to participants one week ahead of the event, but all rides will be fully guided at all times.

Riders can self-select which group they ride in, and can change groups between the morning and afternoon rides on Saturday.

APPROXIMATE ride distances/profiles for each group:

In Search of Up

Saturday (AM): 3.5 hours 75 kilometres (45 miles) 1500 metres ascent

Saturday (PM): 3 hours 65 kilometres (40 miles) 1000 metres ascent

Sunday (AM): 4 hours 100 kilometres (60 miles) 2000 metres ascent

Wight Lite

Saturday (AM): 3.5 hours 50 kilometres (32 miles) 1000 metres ascent

Saturday (PM): 3 hours 50 kilometres (32 miles) 750 metres ascent

Sunday (AM): 4 hours 75 kilometres (45 miles) 1500 metres ascent



What equipment should I bring?


Riders should be aim to be self-sufficient whilst on the trail. They will be accompanied by ride leaders at all times, but these leaders are only there to help with mechanicals and will not carry enough spares for the whole group. Riders should bring spares of their own e.g. Inner Tubes, Multi-tool, Tyre Levers, Puncture Repair Kit. A ride leader will assist in repairs if possible, but on the understanding that if a mechanical is not fixable on the trail then riders must expect to find their own way back to The Garlic Farm (e.g. taxi), as vehicle support is not available.

Riders must also bring sufficient nutrition and fluids to keep themselves fuelled throughout the duration of the rides.



How do I book/pay? Cancellation policy?


Please email accommodation@thegarlicfarm.co.uk to make a booking or you can call us on 01983 898477. A deposit of 30% is required to secure a booking with the balance payable 6 weeks prior to your stay. The deposit should be considered non-refundable but if we can fill your space should you need to cancel then we will refund the equivalent of what we manage to rebook for. The same policy applies to the balance once paid.



Price per person: £300